#Blackathon is just the latest creative and exciting read-a-thon that the bookish online world has brought into our lives! Taking place from February 11th-25th, the goal is to get everyone reading books about (and by!) black and African American people. You can find all of the read-a-thon challenges on the BlackAThon Twitter, but we’ve got a few suggestions for books to add to your read-a-athon To Be Read list!
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
It’s the twentieth anniversary of Jacqueline Woodson’s classic If You Come Softly, and it’s suddenly more timely than ever. It’s a story of a two teens from different worlds who collide at a Manhattan prep school, for fans of The Hate U Give.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist.
Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
If you loved City of Saints and Thieves, then be excited for Natalie C Anderson’s return! This heartbreaking yet riveting story of child soldier Abdi leave you on the edge of your seat.
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Black Panther meets Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch in Beasts Made of Night, the first book in an epic fantasy duology!
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
A heart-pounding tale of magic and mystery that’s been given the affectionate nickname “the Nigerian Harry Potter.”
Dream Country by Shannon Gibney
The heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.
City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
City of Saints and Thieves is set in a fictional Kenyan city and follows a girl named Tina who, after her mother is mysteriously murdered, is determined to find her killer. Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for Sangui City’s local gang.
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
Baz and Nzuzi are the gentle leaders of the eponymous misfit group the Kids of Appetite. Brothers who fled violence and hunger in the Republic of Congo, it is these two who support the group (and the story) as they work to fulfill their dreams and tell their stories.
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan
Check out even more books to read during Black History Month!